NOAH Skeet Team Parent Info

1.  Team Objectives.  In alignment with the SCTP mission and purpose (see appendix below), the basic mission and purpose of the NOAH program, is to:

a. Provide an opportunity for students to gain experience, competence, and respect for firearms
through the use of shotgun shooting in the game of skeet.
b. Develop life skills and character through shooting sports competition.
c. Develop a competitive skeet shooting team through regular training, practices, and competitions.
d. Help young people gain an appreciation for the privilege the 2nd Amendment provides Americans.

2.  Program Summary/Framework
The NOAH team will participate as part of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP).  The basic elements of the NOAH program will be the following:

Training – Basic training in the use of the shotgun, including firearms safety, handling, and specific techniques for skeet shooting.

Skeet Camp – Optional Skeet Camps are sometimes available for those who wish to participate

Practices – Weekly practices during November through July (approximately 8 months), integrated with training.

Competitions –  Semi-monthly competitions to allow the shooters to compete in registered (sanctioned) competitions during the year.  Potential shoots (among others):

  • Dec  – Santa is Coming shoot in Tulsa
    Feb – OYSSA SCTP Practice Shoot
  • March  – St. Patrick’s Open in Tulsa
  • May  – Spring Open at Bartlesville Sportsman’s Club

Skeet League – Participate in the Winter or Spring Skeet League (weekly shoots against other club members)

State SCTP Competition – Compete in the Oklahoma State SCTP competition in Tulsa or OKC during June.

National Competition – Compete in either:

  • SCTP National Team Championships in Sparta, Illinois – (Team Competition), or
  • Junior World Skeet Championship at National Shooting Complex, San Antonio, TX (Individual Competition).  Both are in July.

3.  Requirements for Shooters.  Minimum requirements for shooters are as follows:

a. Shooters must be capable of following instructions and complying with range safety rules.
b. All shooters must have eye and ear protection.  A hat is recommended to keep sun out of eyes.
c. It is preferable that shooters have their own shotgun, but one loaner 20 gauge and 12 gauge is
currently available for use by  beginning shooters.
d. No open toed shoots for practice or shoots (SCTP rule).

4.  Cost categories for shooters are summarized in a separate document.  The attachment provides estimated costs for two scenarios – shooting from Nov – July, or shooting from Mar – June.

SkeetCostSummaryJul2015

5.  Safety.  As with all firearms sports, safety is a major concern.  To ensure a safe program, the procedures the NOAH coaches will follow during practices and events are as follows:

a.  New Shooters.
1) Provide a thorough introduction to types of shotguns and how they operate
2) Instruct in basic firearm safety rules – always point firearm in safe direction, keep firearm
unloaded until on the station to shoot, keep finger off the trigger until ready to shoot,
carry shotgun with action open or barrel open (OU).
3) If firearm does not fire, wait 30 seconds to one minute before ejecting the round and let
coach check the misfire.
4) For new young shooters, coaches will hold the ammo and issue rounds on an as needed
basis on the shooting station.
5) A maximum of two rounds are allowed in the firearm on the skeet range.
6) The firearm should be on the rack while waiting for your turn for instruction on the
station.

b.  Experienced shooters.
1) A safety talk will be done prior to each practice reminding shooters of basic safety rules.

6.  Frequently asked questions.

a. We are frequently asked whether shooters have to be at all practices and attend all competitions.  The answer is no.  Some may choose not to start until Spring and only shoot in the State Competition.  As with any sport or endeavor, the more practice one puts into the sport, the better the shooter becomes.  However we realize that time and cost constraints may limit the participation of some shooters, though they can still become competitive.

b. We are frequently asked how old students must be to shoot with our team.  The age is not so much the issue as the maturity and ability to handle a firearm responsibly.  We have shooters as young as 10 years old.

c. We are frequently asked about purchasing a shotgun for a child.  We recommend that prospective shooters attend practice a few times before purchasing a shotgun in order to 1) determine if this is something the child really wants to do and 2) to get a feel for the right type and size of shotgun that is best for the shooter.  Prospective shooters can borrow other’s shotguns for a few practices and we have team shotguns that can be used.

d. We are sometimes asked about the cost of the program.  A separate document provides a detailed list of costs, assuming two scenarios – 1) participating throughout the entire season and all practices, or 2) starting in the spring.   The costs depend on how much the shooter participates and how often the shooter practices.  As with any sport, more practice will make the shooter better, but it is understandable that many cannot shoot every week.  When comparing the cost to other sports, please note that practice is once per week generally, though we do practice more as the state competition nears.  This means that transportation costs are less than many sports which require practice (and transportation) on a daily basis.

APPENDIX
SCTP MISSION AND PURPOSE (FROM SCTP WEBSITE)

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has chosen The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. (SSSF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational-athletic organization, to provide the administrative support and direction for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). The NSSF is a major partner with the SSSF and continues to support the SCTP.

The mission of the SSSF is simple and straight forward. It is to introduce school-age youths in grades 12 and under to the clay target sports and to facilitate their continued involvement in the shooting sports. The purpose is to provide a positive and supportive program for assisting young Athletes in their growth and development as they tread life’s pathway toward becoming productive and contributing members of society. The Scholastic Clay Target Program is the vehicle used to make this happen. The SCTP is focused on providing, promoting, and perpetuating opportunities for young Athletes to safely and enjoyably participate in a high-quality, Team-based sport led by trained and dedicated adult coaches focused on helping their Athletes to become the best they are capable of becoming.

The SCTP is YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM providing young people with a positive experience in sports. The SCTP is designed to instill in young people a set of personal values or character traits for fair play, compassionate understanding, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline and personal commitment – qualities that will serve them well throughout their lives and will be instrumental in helping each SCTP Athlete to reach his/her full potential.

Competition is clearly a part of the SCTP, an indispensable part; but it is not the underlying principle. The “win-at-all-costs” philosophy has no place in the SCTP. Striving to win while playing by the rules does. Honoring the game, exhibiting good sportsmanship, and being a responsible Team Member, these are the bedrock values the SCTP strives to instill. It is the DUTY of everyone involved in the SCTP – Coaches, Parents, and Athletes – to set good examples for SCTP Team Members to emulate by upholding high moral and ethical standards of personal conduct.

SCTP activities are designed to incorporate two indispensable elements – SAFETY AND FUN. Safety is incorporated into every facet of every SCTP activity. The learning environment at Team practices and at competitive shoots is designed to include the element of FUN for all participants. SCTP participants learn the safe and responsible handling and use of firearms. They discover the joy of contributing to a shared Team goal and the commitment that goes along with it. During this self-discovery process, Team Members develop proficiency in a sport that can be shared and enjoyed with family and friends for a lifetime.

Youth from the elementary grades through high school and college are eligible to participate in the safe, educational and enjoyable SCTP clay target sports of Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Olympic Trap, and Olympic Skeet. It is ideally suited to be a school sponsored Title IX sport. There is no other sport that offers such an absolutely “level playing field” for gender integration as does the shooting sports. The SCTP is a perfect fit for youth organizations such as Boy Scouts, 4-H, F.F.A., P.A.L., Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, et al. Any youth organization is welcome to participate in the SCTP.